Sexual violence in conflict settings & emergencies (1 week short course)

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The overall objective of the course is to provide mid-level and senior managers the knowledge and skills required to conceive a multidisciplinary approach to respond to the complex needs of survivors of sexual violence in conflicts and emergencies. The course is delivered in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins sans Frontières, Refugee Law Project, UNHCR, and independent human rights experts.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the phenomenon of sexual violence in conflict and emergencies;
  • Identify and assess the extent and causes of sexual violence in a specific context;
  • Conceive a programme centred on victims/survivors of sexual violence.


  • Core concepts
  • Introduction to a Survivor-Centered Approach
  • Ethics and methods of data-gathering
  • Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys
  • Medical Care
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
  • Access to Justice


  • Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on their experiences.
  • Professionals from other sectors who wish to increase their understanding of the humanitarian sector for a potential career change.


2 ECTS recognized by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID).


Mid-level and senior-level managers with experience or plans to work in conflict and emergency settings. Prerequisites for the course are a university bachelor's degree (or equivalent), and at least 3 years of professional experience.

Course coordinator

Dr. Sara L.M. DAVIS,

Fee information

CHF 1,500 Covers course fee only. Travel, accommodation and living costs are additional.

How to register

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